— Open Source Hardware User Group

Event #66 — Shrimping (hand-built Arduino) workshop for children and adults

On the 19 April 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 at BCS London, 25 Copthall Avenue, London, EC2R 7BP, [map] (51.5168155, -0.090039)

Please register to attend.

The shrimp is a small Arduino compatible computer built on a breadboard.

In this 1.5 hour workshop you will learn how to build and program a Shrimp, with two projects. Bring your children (7 and up)

Workshop details

Project 1. Flashing LED. This project is to get you started. You will build the shrimp, and get it to flash a small LED. You will then learn how to program the shrimp to change how the LED flashes.

Project 2. Persistence of vision. You will add a line of LEDs to your shrimp, and program it to flash them at very high speed, so when waved in the air it spells out a message.

At the end of the workshop you can take your shrimp home with you.

This workshop is suitable for anyone over the age of 7. For children 7-11, it is very much about following instructions to build a computer. For older children (our record is 92), you will start to understand how a computer works and want to explore how much it can be modified.


BCS Open Source SG will supply the Shrimping kits. You'll need to bring a laptop with the free Arduino IDE installed

Speaker Biographies

Dr Jeremy Bennett is Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. He is also Chief Executive of Embecosm who provide open source compiler development services. A former academic he is author of the standard textbook "Introduciton to Compiling Techniques" (McGraw-Hill 1990, 1995, 2003).

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

Closing date for bookings is Thursday 19 April 2018 at 08:30 am. No more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters

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